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  Amorphophallus konjac will bloom!
From: ManFont at aol.com on 1999.05.20 at 07:44:09(3377)
Hello all,

In one season I got 2 A. konjacs to go from a garlic clove sized tuber to a
large grapefruit, and they are both beginning to producing a bloom. Do I get
any award for this, or must I except the intriguing, otherworldly smelly
large flower as my sufficient reward ;-)
I'm pleased as these were my first Amorphophallus - being a neophyte and all.

I will photograph them if all goes well. I wonder if I place one of these in
my front yard if my neighbors will 'freak out'...yes, that sounds like an
interesting scenario.

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From: "Clark Weston" <bk161 at rgfn.epcc.edu> on 1999.05.20 at 12:12:12(3378)
Hello Fellow Stinker Lovers:

I would say that Luis' performance with Konjac has made me really jealous
because mine never grow like that.

I suggest that we nominate him for the Big Stink award. Ah, but that will
probably go to an A amorphophallus. Well, maybe the stinkiest fastest
trophy? ;-))

All kidding aside, how do you do it, Luis? Tell us your secrets.

Regards to all,
Clark Weston

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From: ManFont at aol.com on 1999.05.21 at 08:38:56(3380)
In a message dated 5/20/99 3:12:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
bk161@rgfn.epcc.edu writes:

<< Hello Fellow Stinker Lovers:

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From: "Walter Greenwood" <walter at radserv.arad.upmc.edu> on 1999.05.21 at 15:19:09(3384)
Gentle readers,

With all due respect and admiration for Mr. Fontanills, the gentleman lives in
Miami, for crying out loud! One can root cuttings in Miami by nailing them to
the side of the house that would take me chemicals, exotic media, expensive
metal halide lighting, humidifiers, RO filtration, and weeks of babysitting here
in Pennsylvania. I have to work hard to keep Gonatopus alive.
Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! (I'm crying out loud.) I've put off visiting southern
Florida for 30 years for fear that I would never be able to tear myself away and
return home.

Kindest envious regards, and sincere congratulations ;-)
Walter Greenwood

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From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey Fisk) on 1999.05.22 at 20:53:48(3386)
To Walter Greenwood.....

Walter, you are also welcome to visit ... And, you are right, South
Florida is great!
Dewey

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From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 1999.05.22 at 21:00:22(3388)
Perhaps Walter one can look about and glean the rewards and innovations of
others in other areas and then apply and alter to one's own benefit. I too
live in an area of the country where it is cold in the winter and hot in the
summer. I have found by being willing to look, listen and observe, one can
make adjustments that make it easier to grow that which we wish to grow. And
yes, it can be expensive and at times, difficult. The rewards can be great.
I have found that I can grow things that they in south Florida say they
cannot. I do believe that often the attitude is the determining factor. One
non success does not necessarily make a failure. Try and try again until one
comes to the conclusion, for now, this is not in the successful agenda. I
know Julius seemed amazed that I had grown dracontium from seed. I was
shocked that he could be surprised. I had no problem. Would I have tried if I
had known that it was 'impossible' to do? I did not know it was impossible
and low and behold, I have done it many times. You see, look at the glass
half full and you can learn that what you don't know at times can be to your
benefit. Believe. Do without expectations. Go with the intuition. Amazing
things happen!

Good growing with much joy.

Betsy

From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1999.05.22 at 21:06:54(3390)
>Gentle readers,

With all due respect and admiration for Mr. Fontanills, the gentleman lives
in
Miami, for crying out loud! One can root cuttings in Miami by nailing them
to
the side of the house that would take me chemicals, exotic media, expensive
metal halide lighting, humidifiers, RO filtration, and weeks of babysitting
here

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From: ManFont at aol.com on 1999.05.22 at 21:10:09(3391)
In a message dated 5/21/99 6:19:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
walter@radserv.arad.upmc.edu writes:

<< Gentle readers,

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